- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Nov. 20 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1534437339
- ISBN-13: 978-1534437333
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 386 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Five Feet Apart Hardcover – Nov 20 2018
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"The characters’ backstories are complex and moving, and the unpredictability of the disease will break readers’ hearts. Teens will clamor to read this before the film version releases in March 2019." (Booklist November 1, 2018)
"The Fault in our Stars meets Kasie West in this beautiful, heartrending tale...The three coauthors portray believable teen characters with the emotional maturity of adults without losing their target audience. VERDICT A strong purchase for all libraries." (School Library Journal December 2018)
About the Author
Rachael Lippincott was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, splitting her time between writing and running a food truck with her partner.See all Product description
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This book tells the story of two cystic fibrosis patients who fall in love, however they must stay six feet away from each other at all times. If Stella and Will get too close to each other, Stella could lose her shot at new lungs. I enjoyed how the book is both informative and entertaining, and how there are many uplifting moments even though it focuses on illness. The moments Will and Stella share are touching, and I felt for them since their situation is so difficult. I did feel like the plot was a bit tired, but it works, and I still enjoyed the story.
Stella and Will are like opposites, so I found it interesting to read both of their perspectives. Stella is more positive, and she has a YouTube channel where she educates others about cystic fibrosis. She is also so caring and determined to get Will to care about his health. Will is pretty reckless, and he rejects his treatments. Despite this, I actually enjoyed his character more since he transforms throughout the book. The two of them make some questionable decisions, but their relationship is ultimately so sweet.
What I really enjoyed about the book is the fact that it educates about cystic fibrosis. I learned a lot about it and the different types of treatment while I was reading, and it is clear that the author did her research. I appreciated how the story doesn’t contain massive info dumps, but the book still achieves its purpose. I can’t say firsthand if the characters’ experiences are accurately depicted, but I came away with a lot of knowledge on life with cystic fibrosis.
Five Feet Apart is an emotional story about two teens with cystic fibrosis. I enjoyed the main characters and the education throughout the book. I can’t wait to see if the film adaptation does the story justice!
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When I was a teenager, I would have lopped up FIVE FEET APART written by Rachel Lippincott from a screenplay of a movie of the same name premiering March 2019. I loved stories about sick and dying people, no matter how sappy or unrealistic.
FIVE FEET APART adds a new twist on sick-lit by adding the very real scenario that two cystic fibrosis patients cannot be within six feet of each other, for risk of life threatening cross-contamination.
As as adult, having survived cancer (so far) and being more cynical, I still enjoy sick-lit IF done well including:
1. Respect for the illness-realistic portrayal of the illness and side effects (no miracle cures, no using the illness conveniently and forgetting about it when it’s inconvenient to the plot)
2. Respect for real sufferers of the illness-characters are more than their illnesses even if the illness occupies a large part of their lives
3. Realistic treatments and prognoses
4. Realistic medical procedures (I’m okay with fictionalized treatments/meds as long as they have a basis in reality).
Although predictable, FIVE FEET APART did all four relatively well, from my perspective of not having the illness. Sufferers may feel differently. Since the screenplay preceded the novel, character development outside CF was lacking. Lippincott gave each character a trait or two and ran with it: Stella organized rule-follower, Poe gay POC, Will artistic rebel. To be fair, CF can be a lifeconsuming illness.
FIVE FEET APART, at times felt like tropeapalooza.
Pivotal Argument: check
Obligatory Death: check
To be fair, kids dealing with life threatening illnesses live with different timetables than those who don’t. Instalove on a hospital ward between two almost adults dealing with the same illness is more forgivable than in other settings, however the story spans over only a few weeks which feels more like instalove on steroids.
I’d be most interested in how teenage CF sufferers felt about the book. They’re main characters in so few books, writers owe them a lot of realism and excellent storytelling. FIVE FEET APART is one of those books I’d have loved as a teen, then reread in my twenties and wondered why I ever liked it.
I sort of flew through this book. I had high expectations going in from the cover alone. With that being said, I did enjoy some parts. Stella was a sort of neat freak, controlling in a good way, character that meant well. Will was your cliche, I don’t care, rebel but he had his reasons behind it.
I didn’t like the writing style of this book. I felt like some phrases and idioms were used over and over, possibly for emphasis but I found it annoying. Especially with it being 3 authors behind the book, I definitely expected better. The story itself fell a bit short for me toward the end. I won’t give spoilers but in certain situations, there wasn’t enough detail given. Fingers crossed the movie is better.
-I would read this book again and I am looking forward to seeing how the movie compares to the book.
-I felt that the relationship jumped from meeting each other to immediately falling in love.
-I didn’t quite enjoy the ending, if you love one another why would you leave each other’s lives especially when your days are limited, I understand that it is to allow each other to live but I still didn’t like it.
-Will tells Stella that he loves her TWICE and she doesn’t say it AT ALL, that was quite frustrating.